Nanometrics Provides Tsunami Early Warning System to Peru

OTTAWA, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Nanometrics, a leading provider of seismological instruments and related network applications, has delivered a tsunami early warning system to the government of Peru. The system consists of broadband Trillium Seismometers, Libra II VSAT Network, Apollo Server, Antares Network Management software, Response Hydra event processing software, and Athena Enterprise event notification software. Response Hydra generates a Centroid Moment Tensor solution that allows seismologists to determine the type of faulting that has occurred and the probability of a tsunami as a result.

The system will provide Peru with the ability to detect the approach of a tsunami caused by seismic activity in the Pacific Ocean. The Instituto Geofisico del Peru (IGP) issued an international tender and Nanometrics was successful in securing the contract. After the Chilean earthquake and consequent tsunami of February 23, 2010, IGP worked quickly to obtain funding and purchase and commission the Libra based tsunami-warning system. IGP is on track to implement this aggressive schedule within a 10-month period.

Nanometrics was able to ship the equipment to Peru within weeks of award of contract. The installation of the equipment will take place over the next several months as sites become available. The early warning system was operational by the end of December 2010 with 5 of the 7 remotes installed and commissioned.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Inc. is a world-class provider of precision instrumentation, network technology and software applications for seismological and environmental research. Nanometrics products are employed for the study and monitoring of regional, national and global seismicity; natural resource exploration; environmental data communications; and other scientific applications. Deployed in over 100 countries and on every continent, Nanometrics real-time and portable systems are utilized by the world's leading scientific institutions, universities, corporations and test ban treaty monitoring organizations. With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Ottawa, Ontario; Nanometrics is an award-winning Canadian exporter located in the heart of Canada's technology sector.

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Jeff Potter: Director of Marketing, Nanometrics, Inc. jeffpotter@nanometrics.ca

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